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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 20h ago
Let your little one use their favorite construction trucks to paint mess free! Set up this fun and easy painting activity for your baby and toddler.

Looking for other mess free painting activities for toddlers? Check these other fun baby and toddler painting ideas: Mess Free Car Painting or Mess Free Easter Egg Painting!

Painting in a Bag

If you have not tried painting in a Ziploc bag with your baby or toddler you are really missing out. I have to admit that I never did it with my first (the original Happy Toddler) because I had not discovered it yet. But with my twins I am all about ways to allow them to paint without all the mess.

Muddy Truck Painting

Grab a large or gallon sized Ziploc bag and brown washable kids paint.

If you want to save your little one’s work, add a sheet of card stock or paper to the Ziploc bag before adding the paint.

Pour blobs of paint into the bag on the paper in different spots.

Seal the bag tightly. I then used duct tape to secure the bag to the floor and to ensure that nothing leaked out. You can also tape it to the floor or table using masking tape.

Next, hand your baby or toddler a few construction vehicles and let them move the paint in the bag around with the trucks! For young toddlers you will have to show them how to do this first.

Mess Free Fun This was a great activity for my 17 month old twins! They loved moving the paint around with the trucks and their hands and even feet!

I helped them imagine driving the construction trucks over the pretend dirt by making truck noises and squishing mud noises. They, of course, absolutely loved this and start to copy my noises and actions.

This was not necessarily a pretend play activity but it was a great way to introduce my toddlers to the fun of pretending to drive trucks driving through mud!

Supplies

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Painting with water and cotton balls is a fun and mess free twist on the classic toddler activity. It’s also a super easy way to entertain your toddler!

Water painting is a classic toddler activity. You can do it with a paint brush outdoors or on cardboard or even on a chalkboard! But painting is always made more interesting when you use different tools to paint.

Check these other fun toddler painting ideas: taste safe painting for babies and toddlers or Mess Free Easter Egg Painting!

As with all activities on Happy Toddler Playtime, adult supervision is required. If your toddler still puts things in his or her mouth be sure to keep a close eye on them during this activity as they may be tempted to suck on the cotton ball filled with water.

Painting with Water

Grab a sheet of blue construction paper. If you don’t have blue dont worry. Use any colour that would turn slightly darker when wet. Red or green is also a great option.

Tape the sheet of construction paper to the floor or highchair using masking tape. Soak a few cotton balls in water and hand them to your little one.

Take one in your hand and start dabbing it on the construction paper to show them what happens.

My twins immediately wanted to dive right in and dab with the cotton ball themselves!! Mess Free Painting Fun

This was such a fun and easy to set up painting activity. My twins loved dabbing the cotton balls and using their hands and fingers to move the water around on the construction paper. Seeing it change colour was magical for them!

Cotton balls are a great tool to paint or stamp with water. You can also try this activity pom poms instead of cotton balls! Supplies

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  • Blue, green or red sheet of construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic bowl
  • Water
  • Masking tape
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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 1w ago
Let your baby or toddler enjoy mess free painting with plastic Easter eggs in this super simple craft. A fun activity at Easter or anytime of year!

Painting in a bag is a great way to let your baby or toddler experience the joys of painting but without all the mess. I like to use them with my 17 month old twins (for obvious reasons) when I need a quick activity that wont leave me with a tons of mess to clean up.

This activity is very easy to set up but also allows your little one to develop and strengthen their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as well as paint!

Mess Free Easter Egg Painting

Painting with a Ziploc is quite possibly the best thing ever! I love doing painting activities but find it challenging with two toddlers who still like to put things in their mouths.

Baggie painting is a great way to introduce painting with a baby or toddler.

Make a Paint Baggie

Pour dabs of different coloured washable kid’s paint into a large Ziploc bag. Remove most of the air and seal it tightly. If you want to add a sheet of paper into the bag to save your little one’s art work do so before adding the paint and sealing it.

Secure the Ziploc bag to the floor or a highchair tray. Hand your baby or toddler a plastic Easter egg broken in half.

They can use either end to move the paint around in the sensory bag. My twins grabbed the rounded ends of the plastic Easter egg and used the opened end to paint.

Fine Motor Fun

This was a super simple and fun mess free painting activity that my 17 month old twins really enjoyed!

Supplies

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 1w ago
Create a fun and mess free rubber duck pond sensory bag activity for your baby or toddler!

It’s a great early pretend play activity for toddlers.

Rubber ducks are a wonderful way to entertain toddlers. And if you read or sang the song Five Little Ducks, this is a great sensory activity to accompany it! The best part of it is that it is mess free!

Looking for other fun ways to play with rubber ducks? Check out Yellow Rubber Ducky Sensory Bin or Feed the Ducks Sensory Bin.

How to create a Rubber Duck Pond Sensory Bag

Grab your green foam sheets and scissors and cut out 3 to 5 small lily pads. Place them inside of the large freezer Ziploc bag.

Next add one drop of blue food colouring to the Ziploc bag. I would not add too much just in case the bag leaks. You can also skip the food colouring entirely for the same reason.

Next, fill the ziploc bag with water – about half way and seal tightly. Use your fingers to separate the lily pads if they happen to get stuck together.

Use the duck tape the seal around the entire bag. I did not tape this bag to a surface but feel free to tape it to a highchair or floor for your little one.

Your sensory bag duck pond is ready! Now all you need is an excited toddler and a few rubber ducks.

Five Little Ducks

This activity goes great with the book Five Little Ducks. Grab one large duck and five smaller ducks and reenact the story on the sensory bag.

The great thing about this activity is that it is mess free! Save the bag for a quick and fun activity after reading!

Be sure to seal your bag tightly with duct tape and to check for leaks before letting your little one play with it!

Supplies

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Here are 65+ fun & easy toilet paper roll activities for toddlers and preschoolers! From sensory bins to crafts to learning activities and more!

Whether you call them cardboard tubes, toilet paper rolls, poster rolls, gift wrap tubes or paper towel rolls – they are hands down one of the best ways to entertain your toddler on the cheap!

Here are over 65 super fun and super easy ways to teach and play with your toddler or preschooler using cardboard tubes.

I have organized this amazing list into four helpful sections to make it easier for you to find the type of activity you are looking for:

  • Learning Activities (including literacy and numeracy activities);
  • Easy kid-friendly Crafts (i.e. your toddler or preschooler can actually do these crafts with a little help);
  • Sensory Bins; and
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Activities
20 Toilet Paper Roll Learning Activities

Tube Pattern Matching by Happy Toddler Playtime

PLAY DOUGH & CARDBOARD TUBES by Learning 4 Kids

Cardboard Tubes Shape Match by A Crafty Living

Cardboard Tube Counting Activities by Color Made Happy

ABC Tube – easy letter matching activity by Busy Toddler

Busy Hands: Cardboard Tube Printmaking by Sand in My Toes

Cardboard Tube Yarn Threading by Happy Toddler Playtime

Fine motor Play from Recyclables by Teach Me Mommy

Hot Glue Cardboard Tube Rollers by HSES Arty Party

Cardboard Tube Snowflakes by Happy Toddler Playtime

Make a GIANT dinosaur out of toilet paper rolls by Your Modern Family

Clothespin Pull: Toddler Fine Motor Game by Days With Grey

Button Match by Happy Toddler Playtime

Holey Toilet Paper Threading by A Crafty Living

CARDBOARD BEADS THREADING ACTIVITY FOR TODDLERS by The Imagination Tree

Pouch Lid Drop by Happy Toddler Playtime

Toilet Paper Roll Haircuts by A Crafty Living

Fine motor cardboard tube challenge for kids by Laughing Kids Learn

Tube Counting by Happy Toddler Playtime

ALPHABET PING-PONG DROP LITERACY GAME by The Imagination Tree

20+ Fun & Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

TOILET PAPER ROLL BUTTERFLY CRAFT by The Resourceful Mama

Bird Finder Binoculars by The Art Blog

Cardboard Tube Bee Craft for Kids Using Yarn by Buggy and Buddy

Cardboard Tube Shape Stamping by Crafty Morning

Paper Towel Tube Snake Craft by Munchkins and Moms

CARDBOARD TUBE FAMILY CRAFT by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Paper Plate Dinosaur Kids Craft by I Heart Arts n Crafts

Toilet Paper Pineapple Craft by Happy Toddler Playtime

TOILET PAPER ROLL TRAIN CRAFT by Kids Activity Blog

Make Your Own Kaleidoscopes by The Crafting Chicks

TP Roll Monsters! by Danya Banya

Owl Paper Roll Craft Tutorial by The Centsible Life

TP Roll Super Hero Cuffs by Reading Confetti

Robot Toilet Paper Roll Craft by Glue Sticks & Gum Drops

How to make a tutti frutti kazoo out of a toilet paper roll by Today’s Parent

Paper Roll Flowers by The Best Ideas for Kids

Cardboard tube shakers by The Craft Train

DIY rain stick craft that actually sounds like rain! by Gift of Curiosity

Confetti Popper Toilet Paper Tubes by Smashed Peas and Carrots

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder – Easy Camping Craft by The Joys of Boys

Make Apple Stamps Using a Toilet Paper Roll by Crafty Morning

15 Toilet Paper Roll Sensory Bins

The Drop Anything Sensory Bin for Toddlers by Happy Toddler Playtime

Pom Pom Ramps by Busy Toddler

Tubes & Funnels Sensory Table by The Imagination Tree

Tubes and Rice by Happy Toddler Playtime

SENSORY EXPLORATION WITH SAND by Learning 4 Kids

Caps and Rices Sensory Bin by Happy Toddler Playtime

ALPHABET ACTIVITIES: SEED SENSORY BIN by Growing Book by Book

Tubes and Caps by Happy Toddler Playtime

Car Ramp Sensory Bin by Mama Papa Bubba

Make a Recycled Sensory Bin by Busy Toddler

Apple Picking Sensory Bin by Mrs Plemons’ Kindergarten

Car Themed Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Buggy and Buddy

Construction Sensory Bin by Keep Calm and Teach On

Tinker Box Inventor’s Kit by Busy Toddler

Christmas Tubes Sensory Bin by Happy Toddler Playtime

10 Easy Cardboard Tube STEM Activities

Magnetic Tubes by Happy Toddler Playtime

DIY Cardboard Tube Construction Toy by Pickle Bums

Sticky Wall Pom Pom Drop by Happy Toddler Playtime

BUILDING ACTIVITY FOR KIDS: STRAWS AND PAPER TOWEL ROLLS by Frugal Fun for Boys

Cardboard Tubes Sticky Wall by Happy Toddler Playtime

Building with Cardboard Tubes by PlayTivities

Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters by Home Talk

Tubes & Pumpkins by Happy Toddler Playtime

Tubes and Easter Eggs by Happy Toddler Playtime

Tubes and Christmas Baubles by Happy Toddler Playtime

Jingle Bell Magnetic Tubes by Happy Toddler Playtime

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 3w ago
Looking for fun ways to learn and play with squeeze pouch caps? Check out this amazing list of squeeze pouch cap activities for your toddler or preschooler!

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I love a good squeeze pouch cap activity. Over the years I have created quite a few!

Squeeze pouch caps are super cheap to acquire, they are colourful, they are the perfect size for toddler and preschooler hands and they make great counters for big kids.

With all the amazing activities I have done over the years it is hard to believe that I have yet to create a round up of all my favourite activities!

So here it is!!

This list contains all the best activities from Happy Toddler Playtime and other amazing kids activity blogs that also use squeeze pouch caps.

I have organized the list into Learning Activities, Sensory Activities, Arts & Crafts and STEAM Activities.

I hope you enjoy this list as much as my kids and I have!

15 Squeeze Pouch Cap Learning Activities

Squeeze Pouch Cap Counting

Cap Twist Off Board

Squeeze Pouch Cap Colour Matching Puzzle

Squeeze Cap Patterns

Caps Christmas Tree: Fine Motor Activity

Cap Names

Magnetic Tile Colour Sorting

DIY Ten-Frame Game

Math Sensory Bin

Tube Counting

Phonics Boards

Mirror Play with Glass Markers and Caps

Pouch Lid Stuffing by Mrs Plemon’s Kindergarten

On-The-Go Geoboard Using Food Pouch Caps by Hands On As We Grow

Letter Bugs Busy Bag by The Educators Spin on It

8 Squeeze Pouch Cap Sensory Activities

Caps in the Bath

Tubes and Caps

Caps and Rice Sensory Bin

Frozen Caps

Caps Kitchen

Caps Basketball

Christmas Cap Sensory Bin

Scooping and-Sorting-Lids-for-Toddlers by I Can Teach My Child

6 Squeeze Pouch Cap Arts & Crafts

Mother’s Day Upcycled Flower Craft by Empathy Encompassed

Recycle Craft: Play Dough Cars by Inner Child Fun

Upcycled Crafts – Pouch Cap Watches and Bracelets by Laly Mom

CRAFT AND PLAY: TOILET PAPER ROLL CAR CRAFT by A Little Pinch of Perfect

SIMPLE SNAIL FINGER PUPPET by Creative Little Explorers

Bug Finger Puppets Spring Crafts for Kids by Laly Mom

4 Squeeze Pouch Cap STEAM Activities

Magna-Tile Cap Drop

Squeeze Pouch Cap Drop

Caps and Marble Balancing Game

Salad Spinner Toddler Activities using Squeeze Pouch Caps

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Looking for an easy to make recipe for taste safe finger paints for your baby or toddler? Check out this recipe that only requires two ingredients.

Homemade edible finger paints for babies and toddlers is a fun and easy sensory and art activity for little ones who are still exploring their world with their mouths. It’s also a great way to introduce colours and painting for toddlers.

Looking for other fun taste safe painting activities for check out this easy edible paint recipe. If you cannot handle the mess but still want to paint with your baby or toddler check out these mess free ideas!

Here’s How to Make 2 Ingredient Taste Safe Finger Paints Step 1

Pour 2 cups of whipping cream into a mixing bowl and use a hand blender to whip it up into a mound of soft whip cream.

Step 2

Use a spoon to scoop out a few dollops into each section of a muffin tin. Add a drop of food colouring to each section and mix until the colour is evenly distributed.

Time to Paint

I did this activity with my twin 15 month olds, so in order to reduce the mess I put them into their highchairs and put full sleeved bids on them. I would also recommend covering the seat of your highchair with a plastic bag so that it does not stain.

If you want to be able to save your little one’s masterpiece tape a sheet of paper to the highchair tray.

Stick corks into the paints and show your little one how to use pick them up and use them to stamp on the paper or directly onto their highchair tray.

Such a Fun Activity

This was the first time my twins have painted so they were a little hesitant at first. But they very quickly go into it and loved stamping and mixing the colours with their fingers.

Of course some of the paint went into their mouths which was fine although I did not encourage it.

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Looking for a fun and easy farm activity for your toddler or preschooler? Create a simple but engaging farm scene in your backyard!

Not all sensory activities require you to pull out the sensory bin and fill it with stuff!

Don’t get me wrong I love a good sensory bin. They are amazing at keeping your little one entertained and engaged. They also great for developing and improving language skills.

But with twin toddlers, I don’t always have the time or energy to set something up. So if you are like me and want to get the benefits of a sensory activity without actually setting one up try this simple and fun idea.

Looking for other fun ways to play with toys outside? Check out this fun tin foil river with boats or this fun activity using your toys kitchen utensils and play food

Taking Toys Outside

I find a great way to reignite excitement with an old toy is to change the environment it is played in.

Our toy barn is a fun toy that my twins and even 5 year old often play with. When I recently noticed it being neglected and I decided to do something to change that!

So on one sunny Monday morning I hunted down all the farm animals and put the barn together and took it outside.

I plopped it into the grass and viola it was like I had purchased a brand new toy! They played with it like it was brand new again! And this time they had the grass and the all around them as a back drop for the animals.

The backyard became a giant sensory bin!

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 1M ago
Turn your toddler’s board book into a fun learning activity that can help develop their vocabulary!

Create a fun peekaboo activity with your toddler’s board books using post-it notes! It’s a great way to practice learning animals, shapes, colours and more!

Looking for other fun and easy toddler activities using post-it notes? Check out Post-It Push or Peekaboo Puzzles or this easy post-it matching activity.

Turn your Board Book Into a Fun Peekaboo Game

This activity is pretty easy to set up. It works best with the board books that help your little one learn their first 100 words.

Each page of this book has a single theme, such as farm animals, shapes, colours or food.

Easy Set Up

Take your child’s board book and stick post it notes over the pictures. Choose a page with the vocabulary you want your toddler to work on or a page they love to look at.

My twins, especially my daughter, really loves animals so we stuck to the farm and wild animal pages.

She absolutely loved this. I could not put the post-it notes on the pictures fast enough. Hence the blurry pictures!

As she pulled off each post it note, I asked her to name the animals, after a short pause I would name it for her and say the sounds they made.

Building Vocabulary in Toddlers

We all know that the best way to build your toddlers’ vocabulary is to talk and read to them so this activity was the perfect combination of both!

Fun and Easy Activity

This was a real hit with my twin toddlers and it was so simple to set up!

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 1M ago

I love finding fun and new math activities for my kindergartner and ones that use some of her favorite toys only make them even more enticing!

Check out this fun and unique math game using magnetic tiles!

Looking for other fun math activities for kindergartners? Check out this amazing round up, this fun duck race math game, or this colourful addition activity!

Here’s How To Set Magnetic Tile Dice in Dice Math Activity for Kindergartners

Grab six square magnetic tiles and create each side of the dice using dot stickers.

Put the tiles together to create a cube. With each side of the cube representing a different number, just like a regular dice.

Next, add a regular sized dice inside of the magnetic tile dice. This will create a dice and dice!

Rolling the Dice

It is best to roll your magnetic tile dice in dice on a soft surface like a rug, carpet or bed spread. When you roll it, toss it gentle forward and avoid rolling it on the edges. This will help to keep your magnetic tile dice together.

Do a few test tosses yourself to show them how and then let your little one test it out. Let them get the hang of tossing it so that the magnetic tile dice does not break apart. It took my four year old a few tries before she developed a soft enough touch so that the dice in dice stayed intact.

Dice Math Game

To play grab a sheet of paper and pencil and your magnetic tile dice in dice. Toss it on a soft surface and then have your little one write the two numbers that are facing up on each dice – the magnetic tile dice and the regular dice inside.

Then you can have your little one add or subtract those two numbers. For instance from the picture above, my daughter added 6 + 4.

War Dice in Dice Game

Anther way to play with your magnetic tile dice in dice if you have more than one child playing (for instance in a classroom setting or with a sibling), you could have each child make a magnetic tile dice and dice and then play a version of war.

Each child rolls, and then adds up the two numbers and the child with the higher number wins!

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